Law School Prison Reentry Project

In the Civil Justice Clinic, law students work under the supervision of full-time faculty members representing low-income individuals who cannot afford counsel, and work on public policy matters to benefit disadvantaged communities. Through the Clinic's Prison Reentry Project, we advocate for individuals who are reentering the community from Connecticut's prisons and jails. Clinic students regularly join meetings of the Reentry Court, which is held in the federal district court in New Haven. We also engage in policy advocacy at the local, state, and national level aimed at reducing barriers to reentry and assisting individuals in successfully reintegrating into communities.

Clinic work on individual cases includes:

  • Representing clients at hearings challenging decisions denying them public housing based on their prior criminal convictions.
  • Representing clients at hearings who were denied occupational licenses based on prior convictions.
  • Assisting clients seeking pardons of their convictions before the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles.
  • Representing clients trying to modify their child support orders in Connecticut Superior Court so they are able to get back on their feet while meeting their payment obligations.
  • Assisting clients sentenced as children to long prison terms in developing reentry plans and obtaining release though parole hearings before the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Contact:  Kevin Barry or Sarah Russell, School of Law